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5:05 PM ET, December 4, 2006

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Terence Hunt / Associated Press:
Bush accepts Bolton's U.N. resignation  —  WASHINGTON - Unable to win Senate confirmation, U.N. Ambassador John Bolton will step down when his temporary appointment expires within weeks, the White House said Monday.  —  Bolton's nomination has languished in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee …
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Washington Post:
John Bolton Resigns as U.S. Ambassador to U.N.  —  President Bush today accepted the resignation of John R. Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, expressing deep disappointment that "a handful" of senators had blocked his confirmation last year.  —  Bolton, 58, submitted …
Christine Hauser / New York Times:
Bolton to Leave Post as U.S. Envoy to U.N.  —  President Bush today ended his efforts to have John R. Bolton confirmed by the Senate as United Nations ambassador and said Mr. Bolton will leave the position, which he has held for the past year after being chosen between Congressional terms, this month.
Sam Hananel / Associated Press:
Brownback Moves Toward White House Bid  —  Republican Sen. Sam Brownback, a favorite of the religious right, said Monday he is taking the first step toward launching a bid for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination.  —  A vigorous abortion opponent, the Kansas senator pledged to make …
White House:
President Bush Accepts Ambassador John Bolton's Resignation as U.S. Representative to the United Nations  —  It is with deep regret that I accept John Bolton's decision to end his service in the Administration as Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations when his commission expires.
Discussion: JURIST and On Deadline
Col. Oliver North / Fox News:
HYPE AND HOPE  —  Washington, D.C. — It all sounded …
Hotline On Call:   Bolton Bolts: The Full Statement
Reuters:
Bolton to leave as U.S. ambassador to U.N.
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Analysis: Schools' race experiments may be doomed  —  If, as seems so, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy holds the decisive vote on the constitutionality of public schools' use of race to promote integration, those experiments may well fail to pass muster in the Supreme Court.
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Balkinization:
If Supreme Court Justices Were Rock Stars  —  (What, you mean they aren't?)  —  This parlor game emerged from dinner table discussions at the Schmooze.  Match Supreme Court Justices with the Rock/Pop/Country artist who has the same basic "style" in their opinion writing, and give your reasons.
Discussion: ACSBlog and SCOTUSblog
Sebastian Mallaby / Washington Post:
A Split in the GOP Tent  —  Republicans are good at reinvention.  They have appealed to voters' dark side (Nixon's Southern strategy) as well as to their sunny side (Reagan's "Morning in America").  They have skipped from anti-government populism (Newt Gingrich and the leave-us-alone coalition) …
Evan Thomas / Newsweek:
So Now What, Mr. President?  —  Folks used to wonder why he didn't push into Baghdad.  Baker doesn't hear that question much anymore.  —  George W. Bush was doing everything he doesn't usually like to do.  He was traveling in foreign lands (when Bush campaigns, he likes to fly home every night to sleep in his own bed).
Charles Hurt / Washington Times:
Congress open to passing bill on immigration  —  Congress will approve an immigration bill that will grant citizenship rights to most of the 12 million to 20 million illegal aliens in the U.S. after Democrats take control next month, predict both sides on Capitol Hill.
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Vanity Fair:
Trapped in the Closet  —  Mark Foley's ambition to be a politician became the family dream.  He was always in a hurry.  His doting parents had no problem with his dropping out of Palm Beach Junior College at age 20; they helped him open a diner in downtown Lake Worth and turn it into the platform for his grandiose goals.
Ian / Hot Air:
Video: Carter called "racist," "anti-Semite" by C-SPAN caller  —  Fomer President Jimmy Carter was called a "racist" and an "anti-Semite" by a caller on the Sunday edition of C-SPAN's BookTV.  Carter was on to discuss his new book "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid."  The call took place about 55 minutes into the program:
New York Times:
U.S. Report Finds Dismal Training of Afghan Police  —  Five years after the fall of the Taliban, a joint report by the Pentagon and the State Department has found that the American-trained police force in Afghanistan is largely incapable of carrying out routine law enforcement work …
Opinion Journal:
Global Warming Gag Order  —  Senators to Exxon: Shut up, and pay up.  —  Washington has no shortage of bullies, but even we can't quite believe an October 27 letter that Senators Jay Rockefeller and Olympia Snowe sent to ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson.  Its message: Start toeing the Senators' line on climate change, or else.
Lee Bandy / The State:
Biden charms local GOP  —  It was unlike most Columbia Rotary Club luncheons.  —  The speaker was U.S. Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, a likely candidate for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.  —  The chief topic: the Iraq war.  —  The audience: predominantly Republican.
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Democrats Who Opposed War Move Into Key Positions  —  New Committee Chairmen Had Warned of Postwar Disorder  —  Although given little public credit at the time, or since, many of the 126 House Democrats who spoke out and voted against the October 2002 resolution that gave President Bush authority …
Kendrick Frazier / LiveScience:
Scientist Fights Church Effort to Hide Museum's Pre-Human Fossils  —  Famed paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey is giving no quarter to powerful evangelical church leaders who are pressing Kenya's national museum to relegate to a back room its world-famous collection of hominid fossils showing the evolution of humans' early ancestors.
Discussion: NewsHog, Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
Jim Chen / Jurisdynamics:
Honoring Norman Borlaug  —  This network has already lauded Norman Borlaug, the recipient of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize.  C.S. Prakash, professor of plant molecular genetics at Tuskegee University, is urging passage of H. R. 4924, the Congressional Tribute to Dr. Norman E. Borlaug Act of 2006.
Discussion: UrbanGrounds
 
 
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Faiz / Think Progress:
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BBC:
Anger at UN chief's Iraq comments
Examiner:
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Charles Babington / Washington Post:
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